Business

Success Stories – Brian Scudamore

By Trent Shelton / May 5, 2009 /

When Brian Scudamore was a kid, he didn’t have bookshelves piled high with stuff or toys scattered around his room—and his 4-year-old daughter sure won’t either. “In our house, we don’t have anything in our home that we don’t either use or love,” Scudamore says. “I don’t like junk.” But when Scudamore is at work,…

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Go Out and Improve the World!

By admin / April 29, 2009 /

Just pick up any newspaper or watch any news program and you will see how many problems need to be solved. Take the energy crisis for example. Not only is it saddling businesses such as the airlines and freight industries, but those higher costs are being passed on to consumers through higher food costs and…

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1-on-1: Get Ahead

By Jim Rohn / March 5, 2009 /

The Experts Up Close Denis Waitley is a productivity consultant on human achievement and the best-selling author of Seeds of Greatness. Waitley has coached astronauts, Super Bowl champions and Olympic athletes. Jim Rohn is a legendary motivational speaker and business philosopher. He has numerous best-selling audio programs and books, including The Five Major Pieces to…

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A Life of Leadership and Inspiration

By Todd Eliason / March 3, 2009 /

IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT EVERYTHING RISES AND FALLS ON LEADERSHIP. In the history of mankind, there has never been a period in any generation when we didn't need good leaders. No one knows this better than John C. Maxwell, recognized around the world as an authority on leadership. His résumé includes more than 50…

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Selling to Big Companies

By admin / February 3, 2009 /

Do you ever dream of the day when your customer roster includes companies like GE, Wal-Mart or IBM instead of Ma & Pa Inc.? If you’ve ever made attempts to crack into a large corporation, you know how tough it can be. Plus, it’s downright intimidating. Those companies are so huge that you don’t even…

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From the Archives: Ray Kroc

By admin / February 3, 2009 /

Ray Kroc was 52, working as a milkshake mixer salesman, when he came across clients Mac and Dick McDonald’s hamburger restaurant in Bernardino, Calif. Amazed their food assembly line delivered fast service, Kroc convinced them to franchise the company with his help. The next year, Kroc opened his first McDonald’s outside of Chicago. In 1961,…

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From the Corner Office: John Mackey

By Brenna Fisher / February 3, 2009 /

Even if you have never shopped at a Whole Foods Market and observed its cornucopia of organic offerings, you have undoubtedly seen its influence upon the food industry. The world’s largest organic and natural-foods grocer has grown to include more than 270 stores and counting, with more than 53,000 employees. Its success has inspired other…

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Deutsch Delivers – A Fast Start

By admin / January 6, 2009 /

In my book The Big Idea, I write about people who had the courage and stamina to make

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From the Archives: Michael Dell

By admin / January 6, 2009 /

In 1992, computer entrepreneur Michael Dell was the youngest CEO running a Fortune 500 company. He and his wife, Susan, formed the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in 1999, now with an endowment of more than $1 billion. Dell stepped down as CEO in 2004. But the company’s fi nancial growth and overall customer satisfaction…

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Success Stories – Katrina Markoff

By Chelsea Greenwood / January 2, 2009 /

Bite into one of Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s Naga truffles. What do you taste? Exotic ingredients like curry and coconut extract? Check. Top-quality milk chocolate? You bet. But there’s another essential element that adds to the complexity of this delicacy: a story. “I came up with the idea of using chocolate as a medium to explore other…

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